Seattle >Food & Dining > Phoenecia At Alki
2716 Alki Ave SW, Seattle, WA | Directions 9811647.579173 -122.410085
Neighborhoods: Alki, West Seattle
You can get Lebanese food upon request!!!!! Amazing – Great Staff, friendly, knowledgeable and attentive without been intrusive!!!!
Food well prepared and delicious!!! A place to go and relax and enjoy a long romantic night out!!!
The view is not half bad either!!
Fantastic Update Phoenicia – This place has been remodeled and updated. What has not changed is the wonderfully friendly family that runs it. The food was excellent. I had a special that included purple potatoes topped with scallops, crab and asparagus with a champagne leek sauce. Scallops are a hard food to cook right and they nailed it dead on. The small plate were great for sharing. Had one bite of my friends pizza and had to have one to go. Fun, hip vibe that is classy enough for special occasions but feels very casual and open. My new fav on Alki, maybe in Seattle.
Heaven on Earth – The food here is on another planet from anything I have ever tasted (and I've sampled the finest restaurants in the country from French Laundry, to Perse, to Masa). They all pale by comparison. I was on business in Seattle when a friend colleague recommended Phoenecia, he said, and I quote, " You will be speechless". He was wrong, I can't stop singing its praises. I went back the next night and it was even better! Bring an appetite, and put your faith in the owner when he offers to order for you - he is after-all - a magician!
I enjoy trying new restaurants. I especially enjoy Mediterranean food. Not only is the food way overpriced, but the drinks are too. My friend and I ordered wine by recommendation of the waiter. It was terrible wine and full of sediment. Which as he poured it and served it was obvious. He ignored it and charged us $9 a glass! In addition, when I pay for an expensive meal I at least expect the facility to be clean. It wasn't. The bathrooms were especially filthy. I will never go back.
Great customer service – My husband, 7-year-old daughter, and I went to Phoenicia last night. As I said in the title, the service was great. The waiter asked if she wanted a pizza, but she said she's rather have pasta. He immediately brought a large plate of pasta with red sauce. But it tasted not very good at all. It tasted very sweet, as if someone had put a tablespoon of sugar in it. My husband ordered the broiled lamb and I ordered the broiled chicken. Both the meats were dry and tasteless. I was very disappointed. Our daughter wouldn't eat the pasta. We ate our meat, but didn't like it very much. And to top it all off, the price was very high. We won't be back.
Fantastic food, but I won't be back – Whenever I was in the West Seattle area, I used to make a special point of eating at Phoenicia. The food had consistently been delicious, and the service excellent. Middle Eastern dips such as the homemade Hummus and Baba Ghanouj were particularly tasty and well-done, and the likewise homemade pistachio ice cream was exquisite.
However, last summer, a female friend and I went there for dinner. I had had a very busy day, and no time for lunch, so I was exceedingly hungry. Hence, I ate my meal rather quickly, while my (granted, skinny), friend ate hers more slowly. When the owner/waiter came over to check on us during the meal, he eyed my empty plate and said, "ah, see, this is why she is skinny," (gesturing to my friend), "because she eats more slowly."
My friend and I were both shocked. Regardless of my weight or the speed at which I eat, it's horribly rude for a restauranteur to make such a comment (also, I had to wonder if the same comment would have been directed at a man--I'm female). We paid our check and left. I haven't been back since, and I won't be eating there again--Phoenicia permanently lost my business due to that incident. It's a pity, because I love their food. But there are plenty of other good restaurants in town that will take my money without comment.
A taste adventure – This cozy little restaurant offers special individualized attention with delicious Middle Eastern food. Be prepared to sit back and savor exotic flavors.
Savor a taste of the Mediterranean with a view along Alki Beach to match. – The Scene
Named after the ancient civilization that was centered in today's Lebanon, this restaurant serves Middle Eastern specialties in an atmosphere that is both low-key and elegant. The avuncular Hussein Khazaal runs a homey dining room, roaming from table to table, eager to prepare a personal meal for the neatly attired (but not overdressed) clientele. Add in white linens and a view of Elliott Bay, and it's no wonder this West Seattle fine-dining institution has been attracting a crowd for 34 years.
Watching the bright Seattle sun sink behind the Olympics while enjoying warm bread, hummus and a cold Retsina definitely puts patrons in a Mediterranean mood. Appetizers cover familiar ground like smoky baba ghanoush, but the ultra-tender calamari stands out with a sweet pomegranate twist. Entrees, including broiled lamb, ahi tuna and broiled chicken, boast big flavors with Greek and some Italian accents.
Amazing – The food is always wonderful. The service is always great. I have a magical experience everytime I visit the Phoenecia. I highly recommend the seafood and the curry dishes. I also recommend ordering off the specials menue. You can't leave without trying their very special dessert which is a rose and lavender icecream.
I highly recommend the Phoenecia.
Wonderful staff – The Phoenecia at Alki has been a family favorite for many years. While the food and atmosphere are excellent, it is the Phoenecia's owner and staff that take the cake. As noted in the other reviews, the owner, Hussein, is very kind and attentive. However, his wife and daughter are also servers and provide excellent service. The food is (appropriately) pricier, but the service is not pretentious. The Phoenecia has the perfect mixture of great food and atmosphere without the pomp and pretense frequently found in restaraunts of its class. Alki is an area that lets you feel as though you are a world away from the bustling city and provides the perfect locale for an intimate dinner.
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